Juárez has been plagued by a series of femicides bordering on epedemic proportions. These pink crosses are memorials and warnings. They are all over Juárez. (Photo courtesy Miami Workers Center under Creative Commons license. License details below)
One March day back in 2009, 18-year-old Monica Janeth Alanis went to school at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez. She has not been seen or heard from since then by her family. More than three years later, the missing student’s parents, Ricardo Alanis and Olga Esparza, still have no leads on the whereabouts of their daughter, according to the father. Worse yet, Mexican law enforcement authorities have “paid no attention to us,” Alanis charged, as he walked around a university auditorium with sad eyes and a large poster of Monica covering his body.